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Snowpiercer (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  11 July 2014 (USA)
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Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

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Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world's survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway. Written by Anne Campbell

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AD 2031: the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth. See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Buzqiran  »

Box Office

Budget:

$39,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$171,187 (USA) (27 June 2014)

Gross:

$4,563,029 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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The concept of the schoolteacher being pregnant came from Go Ah-Sung. See more »

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Wilford congratulates Curtis for being the first human being to walk the whole length of the train; however, Claude, Wilford's assistant, is seen at the tail of the train, as well as the front. Though Claude does not travel very far into the tail section and while she has been in ever car, Curtis has been to the very back of the train, making him the only person to traverse its entire length. The children taken by Claude, however, were the first people to travel along the entire length of the train. See more »

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[first lines]
Male Reporter: Good morning. On this day, July 1st, 2014, at this hour, 0600, we are at the first airport in the world...
Female Reporter: The topic of so much controversy over the past seven years has continued development. Protests from environmental groups and a number of developing countries continue. But in accordance with...
Male Reporter: It had been claimed that CW7 is the answer to global warning. And we are witnessing it...
Female Reporter: Leaders argue that global warming can no longer be ignored. Today, 79 countries will begin ...
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Goldberg Variations, Air and Variations Nos. 1-30 BMW 988
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music and Point Classics
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A wild ride.
24 December 2014 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Snowpiercer was pinned to be one of the most popular films of 2013. Now it's simply become one of the most popular films of 2014, the release date hassle has been no hurdle. Getting placed in too many top 10 lists pushed me into finally watching it. And I must admit, it's a wild ride, if a very mixed bag. That said, all its ingredients are strong, some just don't blend or aren't used as wisely as they could have been. These types of high concept films that take many liberties only do so much for me, especially when they rely so heavily on faceless characters, an episodic structure and stylised violence. In small doses it's a thrill, when it gets in over its head it suffers, but for the most part it makes it work.

Yeah, Snowpiercer's class allegory is obvious and on the nose, yet relevant, but it's difficult to not fall for the way the limited production design explores the world. It wears its Terry Gilliam influence plainly on its sleeve, even having a key character named after him, but the blend of darkness and satire isn't quite as deftly achieved. Contrary to acclaim, Swinton's animated performance stands out like a sore thumb. I preferred Alison Pill, who proves how committed the film is to the campy side. I did like how ruthless the film can be. Nevertheless, it needed that good trim that Weinstein was keen to give it as it delegates itself too often to extended exposition scenes. A very entertaining and well produced film that isn't without its flaws.

7/10


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